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Duck-Rabbit Barleywine Ale - The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery

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Duck-Rabbit Barleywine AleDuck-Rabbit Barleywine Ale

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528 Ratings

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Ratings: 528
Reviews: 338
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 13.91%
Wants: 107
Gots: 45 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: SaCkErZ9 on 12-12-2006)
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4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle received as an extra from billab914, thanks Bill! Poured into a snifter:

A - A cloudy, brown, caramel color with half a finder of white head. Slight lacing retention. Looks nice.

S - Sweet caramel, brown sugar, slight oak and earth. I find this to be quite pleasant. Little apple cider and dark fruits.

T - Sweet and slightly boozy. Toffee, brown sugar and oak.

M - Creamy but kind of dry. Leaves a bit of chalky feeling in the mouth. Needs a bit more carbonation.

D - Nice drinkability. I could drink about a pint or two bottles a night. Its boozy but at 11% it's kind of expected. I enjoy it though and am glad I got to try it.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2010 16:55:44 | More by joshuaseresse
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New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

12-15-2013 02:49:07 | More by Odysseyalien
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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

12-24-2012 21:24:21 | More by jrcmlc
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4.28/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Dan from Atlanta for donating this to me while I was up there!

This pours into my large wine glass a translucent reddish-brown; there is little head, but a layer of creamy tan foam lingers and is inviting.

Smell is sweet, rum, raisin, toffee. Alcohol is noticeable, but no off-putting. Smells fantastic!

Sweet, caramel-toffee richness floods the mouth, and a rum-alcohol burn follows. Faint bitterness lingers. It's not complex, but it's balanced and delicious.

It's not too light, not too heavy, not too carbonated, not too slick.

The first barleywine I ever had was English-style, and despite having really developed a love for extreme American styles since then, I really enjoy this. Is is smooth and not at all difficult to drink, warming but not biting. Not an everyday beer, but one I could happily drink often if it was available locally.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2008 06:47:41 | More by thryn
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4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Trade from Enola.
Appearance: Looks like any barleywine. Amber, sticky on the glass, little head.

Smell: Almost burnt caramel. Sweet citrus, pine, alcohol, yeasty. Very low on alcohol smell.

Taste: Sweet, piney hops, orange. Kind of tart. Alcohol wasnt that noticeable so very smooth. I like the extra hoppiness in this. Good mouthfeel. A little sweet but well within paramaters for the style. A good solid choice.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2007 23:47:45 | More by nriech
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4.58/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

ordered this at my Mall of GA favorite

I fugues it would come in a small glass but no. Very dark amber in color, you can just see light through it. Almost NO head.

As it approachs your lips the smell of sweet malt assalts your nose.

The first sip shows you a thick malty taste with a serious alcohol bite. Some molassas in there as well. The mouthfeel is heavy and malty almost warm like a Guiness.

Drinkability is great I like it but only one a night!

Serving type: on-tap

08-30-2009 02:12:58 | More by ImusBeer
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North Carolina

3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2010 Vintage

A-dark amber, clean, no sediment, 2 finger head, nice lacing.

S-Sweet malts, pepper, cinnamon, a little bit of alcohol and hops

T-Mild malty sweetness, brown sugar, raisin, candied fruit, slight earth hops, mild grapefruit tartness, strong alcohol presence in the after-taste

M-Medium-heavy body, high carbonation.

O-This one didn't age as well as I had hoped. The pleasant complex sweetness that seemed to develop over time was overwhelmed by the strong alcohol after-taste. If that could be masked some how this would be an excellent ager.

Serving type: can

12-20-2012 02:15:21 | More by Wolfpack2005
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3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle to ale glass.

Appearance: Pours a medium hazy, dark caramel coloring with a nice copper coloring.

Smell: Somewhat sweet smelling with a aronma of syrupie and fruity almost like apples.

Taste: Orange and apple like hops and dark flavoring of malts of caramel and a haze of strong to sweet molassas.

Mouthfeel: Surprised to see medium body but does leave a nice feeling in the chestical area. First barleywine turned out to be a nice one

Drinkability: Very decent for my first barleywine and does go down well almost reminded me of a stout. Load of sweetness and i didn't mind it too much. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2010 01:35:12 | More by DMXLOX22
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4.75/5  rDev +24.7%

03-22-2012 23:35:32 | More by mozim
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3.74/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

thanks triagestat for this beer in a great trade. poured a 2012 vintage to a snifter after a rough day at work....hopefully it will cheer me up.

a- pours a dark ruby/brown color with surprising clarity. aggressive pour produces an inch of off-white foam that fades quickly leaving some nice lacing. a nice looking beer.

s- sweet raisin and lots of malty sweetness. there is some citrus hop aroma that balances it out nicely. smells about like i would think a barleywine should.

t- sweet raisin is there, but way more hops than the nose, again in a citrus fruit like variety. lots of malty sweetness as well but not overpowering.

m- enough booze that i can tell its high abv, but nothing that takes from its drinkability. a bit of a oily, sticky mouthfeel that i would expect. a dry finish. moderate carbonation.

overall, a very nice barleywine. decent complexity, and i like the hop-forward profile. if it was distributed around here, i would have a few more in the cellar, but wouldnt go out of my way to trade for it.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2013 05:34:28 | More by crewfan16
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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

04-08-2013 03:45:55 | More by Sivad
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4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: 12 oz. 11% ABV Brown bottle 06-07 date on the bottle written by Davelikesale who gave this to me in a trade. Thank you Dave!

P: pours a stunning brilliant medium amber pour with two fingers of intense light tan foam head that very slowly settles it a thin cover. Huge lacing

S: Huge aromas that I can detect sweet cameral, plums and figs spicy grains and alcohol.

T: Surprisingly thick that starts out really sweet malt, fried fruit caramel and settles on the tongue with some nice alcohol with and settles with a very nice alcohol aroma.

M: This one surprised me as it is a bit thick, sweet and not a huge amount of alcohol that I anticipated as it is evident only at the end. Very well balanced from beginning to end and I would definitely have again.

D: This one is a huge barley wine that I have been enjoying for over an hour just sipping and enjoying the flavors get even more pronounced as it warms. No more than one at a time for me please, but a definite one to recommend to others for a taste treat.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2008 01:43:52 | More by NitroGen
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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

04-07-2012 04:22:31 | More by CruisaC
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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

05-02-2014 23:36:41 | More by psumjl269
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North Carolina

4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful clear mahogany, nice thick two finger head gives out to a really nice steady lacing. Smells of dates and other dried fruits along with sweet candied malts and a dose of ethanol. Sweet malt flavors blended well with an assetive hop bitterness. There was more bitterness present than the aroma's would indicate. A bit syrupy, but not as thick as I was expecting. The 11%abv is not detected in the taste, but felt in a nice warming sensation down the back of the throat. This is a very nicely balenced barleywine. Not as sweet as an English and not as bitter as most American styles. It's a very nice easy drinking sipper.

Another nice job by Paul and the gang at Duck-Rabbit.


Serving type: bottle

02-24-2008 05:09:31 | More by drunkmonk
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

05-23-2012 12:45:43 | More by scubahood
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North Carolina

3/5  rDev -21.3%

02-28-2012 03:35:08 | More by Hodgin
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3.38/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- Pours a fairly dark amber with a bug-bubbled beige head. The large bubbles remain on top of the beer after the head fades away. Nice legs as I swirl.

S- As soon as I popped the bottle I got a huge waft of estery fruitiness. As I smell the beer, that is the most dominating smell, but I also get quite a bit of molasses which is pleasantly surprising. Some general yeast aromas and malt round out the nose.

T- Fruity/spicy esters are the big player here as well. No molasses present in the taste which is a little disappointing. A hint of earthy hops, as well as a little tartness (like a tart apple). Malty sweetness is there in the mouth, but the finish is dry in the back of the throat.

M- Bordering on full-bodied, this feels smooth in the mouth.

D- This is decently tasty beer, but I probably wouldn't drink more than one.

Overall, an ok beer which I would not mind having again sometime. Smell and appearance are by far the highlights.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2010 20:13:46 | More by TK5150
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2/5  rDev -47.5%

06-08-2012 01:36:13 | More by paulhargus
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North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

07-02-2012 20:01:54 | More by PuckPuck
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North Carolina

3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Referred to me from a fellow barleywine drinker since its a local brew...Beautiful pour of a dark red-brown...cloudy with a thick dull white head which settles nicely...Smells of caramel, fruits--possible plum--kind of like the dark hard candy my grandma used to give me...

I think this beer has too keen of an alcohol taste...very distinct and strong, which is usually sought after, however doesn't seem to match the overall taste...a little let down...

Was definitely expecting more from this rather local barleywine...overall, i wish the taste matched the pour...

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2009 01:11:14 | More by cnjohn19
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New York

4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very good - surprising. Nice pour, nice head and amber straw color. Not a ton of aroma, but sweet and thick. Taste is very good. I never would've guessed that it was 11% alcohol. Very, very smooth and sweet. Nothing too bitter or burnt - it may have been better with those qualities, but it was good. Feel is great - good carbonation and it goes down smooth and silky. I'd drink several of these easily, and with this alcohol content I'd certainly feel great afterward. I'm going to try to get some more of this for sure.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2009 01:50:58 | More by prsguitarsr4me
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4/5  rDev +5%

11-24-2011 06:52:19 | More by huadog
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South Carolina

4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A little on the darker side of barleywines. Brown-orange with ruby highlights. Thin tan head settles down to nearly nothing shortly after the pour. Aroma is sweet and boozy. Sort of reminds me of prunes?

Taste begins quite sweet. Prunes, raisins, vanilla, oak, carmelized sugars and dark breads. Certainly noticeable alcohol right up front. Aggressive bitterness through the middle, finishing up bittersweet with a warming sensation I would expect from a strong barleywine. Bold and aggressive flavor -- I like it.

Thick, syrupy mouthfeel. Coats the entire mouth in that sticky bittersweetness. Drinkability suffers a bit from the boisterous levels of alcohol, but this is still an excellent sipper.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2008 00:00:21 | More by bobbyc881
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3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark amber in color with a one finger off white head. pretty decent amount of retention with a slight amount of legs

S: Smells of big fruity hops. Lots of Orange in there. a little alcohol presence in there too

T: A lot of alcohol up front. Just a slight amount of the raisin background and the hops arent quite as fruity as the smell. Besides the alcohol hotness the beer is pretty balanced

M: a nice amount of carbonation which is always good.

D: I'm going to have to put some age on these beers. Hopefully that will mellow that alcohol out. if it works i think this will be a pretty good beer but at the moment its a little to strong

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2010 03:14:36 | More by chefmikeanderson
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